Work It, SOVA (May 30, 2017), reports that in an energy roundtable discussion in Danville on May 29, 2017, Governor McAuliffe applauded a Dan River Region solar energy project and said Virginia needs to get serious about alternative energy if it wants to attract large tech companies and other employers. “McAuliffe urged the state to jump on clean energy projects for several reasons. He noted that climate change could have a dramatic impact on the state, with rising sea levels threatening the Norfolk Naval Shipyard with flooding. Additionally, he said many tech companies like Google and Microsoft wanted to see investment in renewable energy before they would move to the area.”
If McAuliffe really wants Virginia to be a leader in clean energy, why in the world is he still supporting the ACP and MVP?!
A May 23, 2017 Bloomberg article discusses how the glut of natural gas from the Marcellus Shale has led to a massive boom in construction of new power plants. Dozens have been built in the last two years alone, adding a huge amount of power generation to a region that alredy has more than it needs. “There isn’t nearly enough electricity demand to support all the new capacity. And as wholesale electricity prices plunge, industry experts are anticipating a fire sale of scores of plants in the region. Many, in fact, have already been sold along the PJM Interconnection LLC grid, the nation’s largest, encompassing 13 states from Virginia to Illinois.” The slowdown in closures of coal-fired power plants resulting from more favorable policies under the Trump administration makes for an even bigger glut of power plants.
Yet despite decreasing demand for power and more power plants than needed, Dominion continues to insist it needs the ACP to meet increasing demand.
Four veterans spoke out Thursday, May 25, about fundamental problems they see with both the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline projects. They said they are “willing to defend their country and are going to defend their communities too.”
Retired U.S. Army officer Russell Chisholm said, “It’s really become about the control of state governments, abuse of vulnerable communities by the extraction industries.”
And retired U.S. Air Force Col. Dave Belote added,”My plea to the governor, to anyone who is elected into that role this November is stop looking backwards, let’s look forwards and let’s make the Commonwealth of Virginia a hub of clean renewable energy.”
And on May 25, 2017, members of the Veterans Service Corps sent a letter to Governor McAuliffe stating their opposition to the ACP and MVP. “These pipelines are not in the best interest of the people and we will not allow Dominion and the fossil fuel industry to put citizens in danger for the sake of their pocketbooks.”
According to “Virginia Electric and Power Company’s Report of Its Integrated Resource Plan, May 1, 2017,” only 3% of Dominion’s power output is generated from renewable energy sources. Yes, renewables are the fastest growing sector of the energy market and the biggest job growth area, but Virginia lags way behind.
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The Future of Energy journeys across America to shine a light on the communities and individuals who are at the forefront of the clean energy revolution, taking practical steps to transition from fossil fuels to renewable power.
Solar, wind and water could power the planet by the year 2050, according to experts in the film, substantially reducing carbon emissions. What’s needed is the social and political willpower to make changes on a large scale.
For recent relevant stories, see our posts on More Workers in Solar than in Fossil Fuel Power Generation, on U.S. Hits Solar Pricing Goal 3 Years Ahead of Schedule, and on the President’s Executive Order to Expedite Environmental Reviews.